Just when they thought it was safe to go back into the water

We all cringed in November of 2006 when Daniel Ortega, the Marxist Sandinista and former president, was elected once again to lead Nicaragua. We all wondered how the Nicaraguan people could support an accused child molester and orchestrator of the infamous Piñata, where billions in private property was expropriated and bequeathed to him and his political cronies when he and his party lost power in 1990. Although the electoral victory was slim (he managed to garner only a Clintonesque 38% of the vote), the freedom loving world wondered just what the Nicaraguan people hoped to accomplish by returning power to a corrupt and debased individual and movement.
Since his election, Ortega has continued his leftist ways, adopting the “21st Century” communist diatribe spouted by Venezuela’s monkey-king, which flows like sewage through the gutters of Latin America. Aligning himself with the likes of chavez, evo, and fidel, Ortega is trying to change the laws of Nicaragua to guarantee his power and install himself as the defacto dictator of Nicaragua.
But the waters are not as safe as they once seemed for these totalitarian power junkies. As Venezuela on December 2, 2007 showed the world, Latin-America is not ready to fall back into the dark abyss of leftist dictatorships. In Bolivia, whole townships are rising up to combat the Marxist reforms being forced upon them. Cuba, the beacon of darkness that has exported its brand of repression, despair, and suffering to Latin America for half a century, is teetering on the verge of collapse. And the people of Nicaragua, perhaps realizing their error, have stood up to put an end to Ortega’s power grab.
The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting article detailing the growing movement to stop Ortega, and the subsequent plummeting of his poll numbers.

2 thoughts on “Just when they thought it was safe to go back into the water”

  1. I’m thinking in the 20-teens Latin America will be the most rapidly-rising part of the world, and these blows against the same old Latin American Communism are the beginning strokes.
    With the death of castro, and the transition in Cuba away from the castros and what they stood for, reformers in Latin America will no longer fear Cuban-trained and funded (or rather Venezuelan-funded) “revolutionaries” crashing their reform parties. This popular repudiation of castroism is only going to make things easier.
    As they will no longer have to appease the castroite peanut gallery, Latin American nations will be able to move towards greater economic freedom and see their economies rise as a result.

  2. Ortega looks just like what he is: a child molester. His wife, the molested girl’s conveniently “clueless” mother, is seriously slimy. Even apart from that, Ortega is every inch the classic shady con artist type, and his abysmal track record should have utterly killed any further chance to be a public figure. He is a major disgrace to anybody who would vote for him. I really don’t understand how someone like this ever got a second chance. It is simply irrational.

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